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Furnace Repair Loveland

I have noticed being in this industry makes me more aware of how my home is heated.  The cost of heating it and preventive Maintenance.   It is very important to have your furnace and air conditioning inspected and cleaned yearly.  Colorado is very dusty and your furnace draws in the air through the filter.  The filter becomes clogged or dirty very quickly during the coldest months or even the hot summer months if you have air conditioning.  Yes, the furnace still runs if the ac is running.  We recommend changing the furnace filter every 30-60 days.  If you have pets we say every 30.  If the filter gets clogged it will set the newer furnaces off on high limit.  People say ” My old one never did that “.  That is true . The new furnaces have more safety’s in them and require being serviced more often and clean.  Standards are higher .  Furnace fires are not as frequent as they used to be.

We service Ft Collins,Loveland,Greeley,Berthoud,Johnstown and Windsor.  We will be happy to come out and inspect your furnace or air conditioner.

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Under ground water leaks

Underground water leaks can occur at any time of the year.  If you have gray or blue plastic pipe coming up from the slab into your mechanical room you should be concerned.  Pay attention to your water bill and make sure you look at your water consumption every month.

If you have a sprinkler system you obviously will use more water in the summer.  Make sure to have that checked for underground leaks.

Other problems that could raise your water bill would be

  1. toilet problems
  2. dripping shower
  3. dripping faucets

WATER HEATER LEAKING AND REPAIR

Is your water heater leaking?  If so, do you know why?  Water heaters leak for many reasons. Sometimes due to age.  If your water heater is over ten years old and you have never had a service tech flush the tank then it will likely start leaking from the bottom of the tank soon . atmospheric vent diagram

Always have a water heater changed out by a licensed plumber.  They have experience,education and skill to recommend and safely install a water heater .

Professionals know the local code.  They also have a wider selection of products and more knowledge of products that are of excellent quality.

It is the safest and smartest thing to do for you and your family.

Why hire a licensed plumber or hvac tech over a handyman?

It has come to my knowledge over time of answering the phones that SOME people are shopping for the lowest bidder and some people will pay what is necessary to get the job done right.

We go to many homes where homeowners have hired handymen or unlicensed contractors to do work .  They call and have a problem with a tankless water heater or boiler .  They start off by saying they thought they were going to save money.  The truth of the matter is most “handymen” want to do it their way .   They do not want to follow manufacture instructions or they want to do the job as fast as possible ,get paid and disappear.  The manufacture of the product and the homeowner and the ones who lose in the end.  The manufacture gets a bad review on line about their product and the homeowner ends up paying a licensed contractor to correct the mistakes.  In the end the homeowner pays twice for the installation that should have been done right in the first place, if they would open the installation guide.

So, if you are a homeowner , please take my advice and use a licensed plumber(plumbing company )  or a licensed hvac tech to do your home maintenance work .  In the end it will cost you less.  Their hourly rate might be less but the mistakes they make will cost you double in the end .

We are knowledgeable about code requirements for the city you reside in.  We want your home and family to be safe this time of year.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer…no amateur should be trusted with your families well being.

 

What is the point in a furnace tune-up?

It’s getting close to that time of year where you start to hear the ads on the radio telling you that you need to get your furnace cleaned or inspected before fall and winter comes, which was usually met with me rolling my eyes and changing the station to some tunes, not giving it a second thought. Come to think about it, we don’t really think about our systems until they break down. What if I told you that getting your system cleaned once a year could have prevented that?

There is numerous things that can happen if you don’t maintain your system and breaking down is one of them. Furnaces tend to break down when we need them the most because that’s when they are working the hardest. If you don’t have your system inspected every year, your furnace runs a much higher risk of breaking down in the middle of winter because it will be operating with issues that would have otherwise been taken care of during your tune-up.

Have you ever wondered why we tend to get more sick in the fall and winter than we do summer time? Or why there is more dust right after you turn on the heat? When you don’t maintain you furnace – it doesn’t take long for the air filter to become clogged with dust, debris, and even mold. Once the air filter can no longer keep particles out, your furnace (and ducts) become blanketed with nasty airborne residue. Now stop to realize that you are breathing that in every time your furnace cycles. People with asthma or other breathing difficulties could be in danger if their system isn’t properly cleaned and cared for.

Often times, furnace problems start small and get much worse over time. If you don’t get a furnace tune-up, you likely won’t notice problems with your system until it starts acting up. By that time, a relatively small repair that could have been taken care of during a tune-up can turn into a much bigger and more expensive repair. One of the most important parts of a furnace is the heat exchanger because it removes the poisonous gases that result from the combustion process and vents them out and away from the residence. The heat exchanger expands and contracts since temps can change in the furnace after each cycle. Over time this can produce cracks, allowing poisonous carbon monoxide gas to escape. Having your furnace annually inspected and cleaned not only elongates the life of your system but it could possibly save you from a deadly situation.

Correctly Charging AC Units

Many people may wonder why HVAC companies will not maintain or recharge your AC unit on a cold day. It is simply not an effective way to test freon levels.

Cold Temperature Charges

You can work on these units in the cold and some technicians use “insulated blankets” to wrap the outside condensing units with to create a head pressure rise. This simulates a hot day, they can then add or remove refrigerant based on that reading. The problem with this technique is the head pressure rise is more of an estimate. With this estimate of head pressure you are not getting an accurate reading therefore it would be easy to overcharge or undercharge the unit.

This results in you as the customer being inconvenienced by your unit still having issues and possibly having to pay for the same service to be done on a hot day. When charging your unit on a hot day you will get a accurate reading therefore resulting in a cheaper repair and peace of mind that your unit will be operating correctly. This is the preferred method to work on AC units because we know we are getting a correct reading and will not have to worry about an unhappy customer or wasted time. The correct temperature for recharges is 70-75° F.